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Political, Economic Development Expert Addresses Food Security for SNC

September 24, 2003

[ Donald Winkelmann Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Overpopulation, famine, over consumption and terrorism constantly threaten the security of the world's food and water supply.

Ohio Wesleyan's 2003 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Dr. Donald Winkelmann, will examine these issues on a range of levels when he presents, "Food Security: Global and Local," on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, Benes Room. The lecture is part of the 2003 Sagan National Colloquium, "Food: A Harvest of History, Culture, Politics, and Science."

Sean Kay, associate professor of politics and government and international studies, said food security is a central issue to both international and national security.

"Internationally you have problems with famine and overpopulation in the underdeveloped world," Kay said. "Indeed, in the climate of the war on terrorism, there has been concern about the safety of food supply."

Winkelmann is an internationally recognized expert in economic and political development, specializing in agricultural and social issues. Kay said Winkelmann's knowledge is important because some countries are not modern economies and do not have access to the necessary commodities of life.

In the past, Winkelmann has worked for causes such as, alleviating poverty and protecting the environment in developing countries through improved agricultural technologies as well as developing new technologies for developing country producers of maize and wheat.

Winkelmann, a fluent Spanish speaker, has spent a total of 29 years in Mexico where he has worked to form strong ties with agricultures' academic, private and public sectors. He has also collaborated with a wide range of international professionals also concerned about poverty, productivity and environmental sustainability in developing countries.

"Since he has spent a lot of time living in Latin America, mostly in Mexico, he brings a regional perspective," Kay said.

As the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, he will be spending one week on campus, visiting classes and leading discussions. Some of the possible discussion topics include "Social Capital: What is Iraq Telling us," "Transgenic Plants: Upsides and Downsides," "Immigration: Who Gains, Who Loses," "Protecting the Environment in Poor Countries," "New Technology and Agricultural Development" and "Trade Liberalization and Agricultural Development."

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 18th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.